Harvearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Harvearde is derived from the Old English personal name "Hereweard," which is in turn made up of the elements "here," which meant army, and "weard," which meant "guard." [1]

Early Origins of the Harvearde family

The surname Harvearde was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Harvearde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harvearde research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1431, 1455, 1487, 1607, 1638, 1637, 1607 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Harvearde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harvearde Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Harvearde has undergone many spelling variations, including Havard, Harvard, Haverd, Harverd and others.

Early Notables of the Harvearde family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Harvard (1607-1638), English minister who emigrated to America in 1637, but died a year later of tuberculosis. He bequeathed Massachusetts Bay Colony's New College which was later renamed Harvard College in his honor. He was born in the High Street of Southwark...
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Migration of the Harvearde family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Harvearde were among those contributors: John Harvard (1607-38), namesake to Harvard University, who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637; Elizabeth Havard, who arrived in Virginia in 1675; Pierre Havard, who was on record in Quebec in 1690.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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